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Megan Rapinoe Uses Soccer Win to Talk Politics

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe trashing the U.S. while leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to win the World Cup for the U.S. isn’t just called “biting the hand that feeds you,” it’s forgetting that the team and the event were about soccer and our country’s competitive abilities in that sport. But Rapinoe turned the win into an opportunity and platform to share her lesbian perspective and her leftist views.

If invited to the White House, Rapinoe said in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper that she would not accept it. “I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform that we have worked so hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our life—I don’t think that we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” she said. In her rant, Rapinoe went on to characterize President Trump and his policies as exclusionary and inferred he and his message were racist.

It would be nice if interviews in the context of a team and its win focused on the team and the win, and interviews about politics took place when politics was the issue at hand and was the predicate for the interview, not a particular sporting event.

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True Meaning of the Betsy Ross Flag

Nike sparked a controversy last week when the company attempted on July 4 to launch its new patriotic sneaker, the Air Max 1 USA, that featured a Revolutionary War-era Betsy Ross flag on the heels.

That is, until Colin Kaepernick said it was racist and Nike pulled the product.

But is the Betsy Ross flag really racist because it points to a time of slavery, as Kaepernick insinuates, or is this debate just another example of leftist propaganda taking social media by storm? Is the flag something we should liken to the Nazi swastika as Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson believes? Never mind that this same flag was flown during Obama’s 2nd inauguration. Liberals are all too careful not to mention that.

To set the record straight, the American Family Association wrote an article recently that explains the history of this important flag. Betsy Ross was an abolitionist who never had slaves, and the 13 stars in a circle on the flag represent the 13 colonies unified as one under liberty. While some prominent African-American commentators today decry it, earlier history shows that Peter Salem, a free African-American, fought for this same flag during the Revolutionary war in the battle at Bunker Hill.

The moral of this story? You can’t believe everything you hear from the mainstream media. Check out the facts. Look back at history. And then stand for what is true and what is right, no matter the opposition.

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Aussie Rugby Star Promotes Bible, Loses Career

Australian rugby star Israel Folau lost a $4 million contract last Friday when an appeals tribunal upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate Folau’s contract after he posted a biblically-based comment on Instagram warning different types of sinners about the reality of hell as well as proclaiming the love of Jesus.

Folau explained, “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression. The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.”

However, Rugby Australia saw the 30-year-old’s words as violating its code of conduct, since it is also a founding member of Pride in Sport, a program that promotes LGBT lifestyles in athletics. The rugby league asked Folau to take down the post or risk losing his contract.

Folau not only refused to take down the post, but also refused the league’s $1 million settlement. He is considering bringing a lawsuit.

Earlier this month, both Land Rover and Asics pulled their partnerships with Folau after the Instagram post. Folau could be the first Australian athlete dismissed for expressing fundamental religious beliefs.

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Colorado High School Student Forfeits Wrestling Matches Over Girl

What would you do as a young man if you had to compete against a girl in a state wrestling match? For Brendan Johnston, a senior at the Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, the simple answer was to forfeit the state tournament and end his wrestling career.

After forfeiting to Jaslyn Gallegos in the first round, he then forfeited to Angel Rios in the third-round consolation match. Gallegos and Rios made history as the first females to place at the tournament.

Citing personal and religious reasons, Johnston said, “It’s so physical . . .physically close. I don’t think that’s really appropriate with a young lady. It’s also very aggressive and I’m not really, I guess, comfortable with that.”

Johnston told the Denver Post, “Wrestling is something we do. It’s not who we are. There are more important things to me than my wrestling, and I’m willing to have those priorities.”

While Johnston might have lost the tournament, he won in terms of standing up for his beliefs. In the end, that’s what matters most.

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SCOTUS Rejects Appeal in Football Coach Prayer Case

After getting fired from a Washington State high school in 2015 for praying on the football field after games, Coach Joe Kennedy took legal action.

With the aid of First Liberty Institute, Coach Joe Kennedy challenged his dismissal and after adverse rulings in both the federal district court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the case was presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, SCOTUS is refusing to hear the case at this time not because it agreed with the lower court’s opinion, but because, in the words of Justice Samuel Alito, “unresolved factual questions would make it very difficult if not impossible at this stage to decide the free speech question that the petition asks us to review.”

This could be good news for Coach Kennedy to have his case heard down the road. Said Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty president, “We are eager to return to the District Court, answer the questions the justices raised today, and give the Court another opportunity to protect the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of getting fired.”

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